Jan 21, 2013 12:00pm PST
and immigration and entitlements and the deep political divide across our nation. first to the parade route. john roberts will travel with the parade along pennsylvania avenue if the technical gods allow it. john, good afternoon. >> so far the gods are with us. if we could spin the camera over here a little bit you can see the east front of the capitol the president will join the motorcade coming out of the driveway from the east front to the constitution avenue. this will be in the next hour and a half to two hours. the parade is 1.5 mile long including a mix of civilian and military contributions, mostly marching bands and a lost floats that will be brought in from the civilian side of things something implemented in 1841 by william henry harrison. you will know he liked to do things big. he had the longist inaugural address of anyone at two hours in horrible weather and he did not wear a hat or cold and he died 30 days later but he had floats in the parade. there are 2,100 members of the military who will join today's festivities along with 13,000 others who have capped off the number of peopl
Jan 15, 2013 12:00pm PST
is happening in washington, d.c.? >> reporter: house speaker john boehner says the american do not support raising the debt ceiling without cutting spending at the same time. boehner calls the debt an anchor on our economy. here's the leading senate republican, making his point. >> it's sort of like you have a kid who exceeds the credit card limit. you tear up the credit card, but you look at the spending. the republicans are willing to pay for past bills. these are about future bills. the president is missing the point that we are on an unsustainable path. >> reporter: portman acknowledges the need to raise the debt ceiling, but he supports the context of getting a handle on the spenning. >> shepard: this is disaster relief for victims of super storm sand gee right. we have had plenty of lawmakers saying we need to get a handle on government spending, but not when people are waiting for major disaster relief money. a key new jersey democrat is saying people from new york, new jersey and connecticut pay their fair share. three state, 16% of the taxes. you ask the question: who suffered be
Jan 16, 2013 12:00pm PST
john boehner were more measured, that may reflect polls that show stronger support for gun control. republican national committee called mr. obama's proposals, quote, an executive power grab that may please his political base but will not solve the problems at hand. boehner spokesman said only, quote, house committees of jurisdiction will review the recommendations and if the senate passes a bill, we will also take a look at that. not all democrats frankly are anxious for a gun control debate. harry reid says he won't ask members of the senate to vote on anything that can't pass the house. vice president biden says it's going to be a tough fight. >> i have no illusions what we're up against or how hard the task is in front of us, but i've never seen the nation's conscience so shaken by what happened at sandy hook. the world has changed and it is demanding action. >> reporter: national rifle association accused the president and vice president of attacking firearms. >> thank you. proposals and action are two very different things especially when it comes to congress and gun control.
Jan 17, 2013 12:00pm PST
the supreme court justice, john roberts, botched the whole oath of office. add them together and president obama ties fdr for most time taking the oath of office. a little trivia for you. she is set to join shepherd for monday's inauguration coverage, good to see you, amy. >> good to see you. >> given the deep political enmitt in washington, is the inauguration a bit of a charade? >> this is a particularly difficult year, not just in the way that second inaugurals are dull affairs and because president obama's first one was so exciting, that this is bound to be a snorer. but everyone has watched what happened with the fiscal cliff and our government is barely funking, lurching from one deadline to another, in a crisis we have to resolve. the parties are not speaking with each other. the speaker of the house refuses to speak to president obama about the debt ceiling and possible default. president obama says the same about him. there's not just a difference about this, all the money, pomp and circumstances, people don't feel like celebrating. there's a weariness and it's bipartisan but peop